How A Material Change Could Impact Your Insurance
When it comes to insurance, a material change in risk can have a big impact on your coverage.
So, what IS a material change in risk?
A material change can be defined as a substantial and continuing change that affects and increases the risk involved with insuring your property.
Material Change is a Statutory Condition under a standard insurance policy, and states that you must promptly give notice in writing to the Insurer or its agent (us, your Insurance Broker) of any change that is:
a) material to the risk
b) within your knowledge and control
If the Insurer is not promptly notified of the change, then the contract is VOID as to the part affected by such change.
If the Insurer or its agent (us, your Insurance Broker) are notified, then the Insurer may:
a) terminate the contract in accordance with the Statutory Conditions, or
b) notify you in writing, and if you desire to keep the contract in force, payment of the additional premium must be paid within 15 days of the notice
As mentioned above, a material change is substantial and increases the risk involved for the Insurer. Other changes may not be considered material, and therefore the Insurer does not require to be notified, as there is no increase in risk.
We thought it may be helpful to list some of the most common non-material vs material changes that we come across:
Note: although cosmetic changes do not impact the risk, we always recommend notifying us of any upgrades or improvements (such as updating the roofing, wiring, heating or plumbing) as additional discounts may apply!
Hopefully you have found this information helpful. If you have any questions regarding how a change in use or material change may impact your insurance policy(ies), please feel free to contact our Office and one of our Brokers would be more than happy to assist you!
The Costen Insurance Team